The National Anthem before Shenandoah High's first home football game this season, a 28-20 victory for the Mustangs over the Sidney Cowboys on Sept. 4. (Photo by Shenandoah Music Boosters)

September 27, 2020

The Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation is releasing a new video to showcase the district, and it would not have been made possible without the help of the “Innovative Marketing” class at Shenandoah High School.

The foundation’s executive director Jamie Burdorf reached out to teacher Julie Mount about the class, and asked if the promotional video is something her students could help her with.  Mount said it was exactly the kind of project that they were hoping to find.


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September 7, 2020

For the first time since the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation was founded in 2016, there is a change on the board.  Steve Lorimor, who has served for the past four years, is stepping down and Paula Brownlee will be replacing him.   

When our education foundation was being formed, we felt it important to have a member that would represent our Farragut community,” said foundation president Corby Fichter. “Steve Lorimor was our top choice. Steve has been a dedicated and engaged member of our foundation from our beginning. He has provi...

August 31, 2020

Hello to all who call Shenandoah, Iowa, home.  It has been almost six months since my last column, and oh my, have our environment and our world changed!  Fortunately, I am not writing an update about the coronavirus, but I do want to share a couple of updates about our Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation.

First, as all of you know by now, we have hired our first executive director, Jamie Burdorf.  It is a privilege having Jamie join us and help lead our foundation board to new and exciting strategies to enhance the educational opportuniti...

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Belknaps become 100th members

of the foundation's $100 Club

July 1, 2020

The 100th members of the "$100 Club" of the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation are Pam & Dr. Marv  Belknap, of Shenandoah, both members of the SHS Class of 1965. 


They wrote their $100 check in late June after seeing the appeal in our foundation's recently-distributed 2020 newsletter.


The first members of the $100 club, Jolie and Bill LaVere, also of Shenandoah, contributed on Aug. 8, 2018.


So in just under two years, the $100 Club has produced $10,000 for the foundation's good works.


"Education is a gift nobody can take away from you," Marv Belknap said. "For us, it opened a lot of doors and this (donation) was a way to continue it for others." Pam added, "Helping schools is a benefit to the entire community." 


You can become a $100 Club member online by using the "DONATE" button at the upper right of this page. 


Pam and Dr. Marv Belknap. (Photo by Jamie Burdorf)


Thanks to the SHS Class of 1969 for

a thoughtful donation after their
50-year reunion last fall

November 11, 2019

After the Shenandoah High School Class of 1969 gathered during the recent "Shenfest" celebration, the class made a $134 donation to the Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation.

"We appreciate the foundation's mission and also the hard work the members contribute to accomplish it," wrote Linda Chesshire Haldane, a Class of '69 spokesperson.



Our foundation board votes to start building long-term investments that will help sustain and improve the Shenandoah schools years into the future. We start that with a $300,000 investment – and will now be continually adding more.

© 2017 Shenandoah Iowa Education Foundation.  

P.O. Box 351, Shenandoah IA 51601

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